Oil tanker off Saudi Arabian port hit by explosion caused by ‘external source’

An oil tanker off the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah has suffered an explosion after being hit by “an external source”, a shipping company said, suggesting the latest in a series of attacks on vessels in the kingdom amid its years-long war in Yemen.

The Singapore-flagged BW Rhine saw all 22 sailors on board escape without injury after the attack on Sunday, the BW Group said in a statement. The company warned it was possible some oil leaked out from the site of the blast.

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